Stress and trauma are often linked; trauma is frequently the result of experiencing a stressful life event, including emotional deprivation experienced in childhood. The emotional effect from a traumatic event can cause intense, worrying and often frightening emotions that may become overwhelming.


The symptoms of stress and trauma can be both physical and emotional.

Emotional Symptoms

It is common to experience the following emotional reactions when dealing with trauma:

  • Shock and/ or disbelief
  • Fear and sadness
  • A sense of overwhelming helplessness
  • Guilt
  • Anger
  • Shame


Physical Symptoms

Trauma can also result in physical symptoms including:

  • Trembling or shaking
  • A rapid heartbeat or breathing
  • A lump in the throat
  • Stomach tightening or churning
  • Feeling dizzy or faint
  • Cold sweats


When to seek treatment for stress and trauma

Stressful events such as divorce, separation, death, injury or illness most often lead to a painful emotional reaction which may take a long time to heal. It is perfectly natural for this to occur.

Sometimes, stress or trauma will lessen with time. In many cases however a psychologist is able to help you to work through the issues that you are experiencing.

Cases where the help of a psychologist should be sought include:

  • Where a long period of time has passed since the traumatic event, but a person is still experiencing high levels of stress and anxiety.
  • The stress or trauma experienced is interfering with their ability to function at home or at work.
  • Recurring nightmares or flashbacks to the traumatic event.
  • Avoiding reminders  of the traumatic event (people, places, things).
  • Difficulty connecting to others.

If you would like help overcoming a traumatic event that has occurred in your life, then a psychologist may be able to help. Contact Psychologist Dr. Sophie Bibrowska today.

Appointments can be made over the phone or via email.
Sophie’s practice is located at the Victoria Medical Centre, Acland Street, St Kilda.